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5k PR

Today was the annual North Stonington Education Fund 5k race with kids races.  Since the race starts only 3/4 mile from our house and supports the local schools, we decided to attend again this year.  I ran to the start, Alex and Vicki rode bikes and Amanda rode in the trailer behind Anna’s bike.  Of course it was hot and humid (73F and 80% humidity).

Vicki and Alex had fun running their 1/4 mile and 1/2 races respectively.  Alex ran just over 6 min for the 1/2 mile, but was a bit slow because he was running for about 30 minutes while waiting on the race.

I actually set a new PR (Personal Record) for the 5k (3.1 miles).  I ran a 20:39, which is more than 3 minutes off my time from the same race last year (which was a PR last year).  It was also good enough for 1st place in my age group.  I still have some work to get below the 20 min mark, but I am pretty pleased with the race.

What is a RAGNAR?

A couple of months ago, some running friends asked me to join their Ragnar Relay Team. From the Ragnar website:

“Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.”

So today, I will join a large number of people who have decided to pay people for the privilege of running a lot. We are running Cape Cod, from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown, MA for about 186 miles.

I am runner #7 on our team and my total is 24 miles. Hopefully I will still be able to walk when this is over.